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New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus holds 43rd annual conference

2/20/2014, 4:09 p.m.
New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus holds 43rd annual conference Tahirah Moore photo

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at the 2013 New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus holds 43rd annual conference

New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus holds 43rd

annual conference

Business, schmoozing and celebration were all on the agenda at the 43rd annual conference of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus this past weekend. The Egg Albany Convention Center was the venue for much of the activities, where New York City and state politicos converged to raise issues and make points.

Besides the meetings and the cultural affairs were the awards events, church service and splashy annual gala. Those in attendance included City Council Members Robert Cornegy, Inez Barron and Inez Dickens; Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson; Rep. Yvette Clark; Public Advocate Letitia James; Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Mayor Bill de Blasio; state Sen. Kevin Parker; state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli; and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Discussed at length were topics such as universal prekindergarten, the assault on city hospitals, environmental justice, civil rights and youth advocacy.